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26. RSBC 1996, c 253.
27. SBC 2011, c 25 FLA.
28. “Family dispute resolution” is defined in s 1 as
a process used by parties to a family law dispute
to attempt to resolve one or more of the disputed
issues outside court, and includes
(a) assistance from a family justice counsellor
under Division 2 Family Justice Counsellors
of Part 2,
(b) the services of a parenting coordinator
under Division 3 Parenting Coordinators of
(c) mediation, arbitration, collaborative family
law and other processes, and
(d) prescribed processes.
29. “Family dispute resolution professional” is defined in
s 1 as meaning any of the following:
(a) a family justice counsellor;
(b) a parenting coordinator;
(c) a lawyer advising a party in relation to a
family law dispute;
(d) a mediator conducting a mediation in
relation to a family law dispute, if the
mediator meets t he requirements set out
in the regulations;
(e) an arbitrator conducting an arbitration in
relation to a family law dispute, if the arbitrator
meets the requirements set out in the
(f) a person within a class of prescribed
30. Supra note 27, s 5.
31. Ibid, s 37.
32. See John C Kleefeld et al, Dispute Resolution: Readings
and Case Studies, 4th ed (Emond Montgomery,
2015) at 816.
33. See Carmel M Martin & Joachim P Sturmberg, “General
Practice: Chaos, Complexity and Innovation”
(2005) 183:2 Med J Aust 106.
34. See ibid.
35. “A Social Lab for BC Family Justice System?”, Slaw
(14 July 2014), online: <www.slaw.ca/2014/07/
36. Ibid. The BC Family Justice Innovation Lab’s original
name was “BC Family Justice Social Lab”.
37. See Mark Cabaj, “Evaluating Collective Impact: Five
Simple Rules” (2014) 26:1 The Philanthropist 109.
38. SPCRS applied for funding from the Law Foundation
and received a one-time grant of $35,000. The balance
of the cost of the initiative has been funded
through private donations.
39. See Mediate BC Society, Brief Summary of Northern
Navigator Initiative (2016).
40. See Northern Navigator Program Manual: Policies,
Procedures and Guidelines (South Peace Community
Resource Society, 2016) at 6.
41. Provincial Court (Family) Rules, Rule 6; FLA, supra
note 27, Part 2 and ss 222, 223, 224.
42. There are currently no FJCs available to assist parties
located in Dawson Creek, Fort St. John or Chetwynd.
The closest FJCs are located in Prince George, 400
43. See Northern Navigator FAQ (Mediate BC Society,
44. See The Honourable Thomas J Crabtree, Chief Judge
of the Provincial Court of British Columbia, Northern
Navigator Initiative Consultation (2016); Mediate BC
Society, Northern Navigator Initiative (NP 09) Summary
of Input & Consequential Process Revision
45. The Honourable Thomas J Crabtree, Chief Judge of
the Provincial Court of British Columbia, Notice to
the Profession: South Peace Family Mediation Initiative
(Northern Navigator) (NP 09), online: <www.
46. “Bridge over the Implementation Gap”, supra note
47. The New Lawyer: How Settlement Is Transforming the
Practice of Law (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2008).
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